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Walmart to Go convenience store debuts
March 21st, 2014
BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Walmart is testing a new format, a convenience store concept called Walmart to Go, in its hometown. The outlet measures about 5,000 square feet and carries about 3,500 SKUs, with six gas pumps outside.
Located less than a mile from Walmart's corporate headquarters, the outlet is designed to cater to customers seeking a quick meal. Walmart has partnered with a local business called Bentonville Butcher & Deli, which operates a quick-serve deli counter offering sandwiches and barbecue in the back of the new Walmart to Go store. The store also features a Krispy Kreme doughnut stand, as well as a beverage station that offers soft drinks, milk shakes, coffee and cappuccino.
Other food and beverage options can be found in the coolers that line one side of the store, carrying refrigerated food-to-go options, fresh fruit, yogurt, wine and beer. Five aisles in the middle of the store carry packaged food and convenience-oriented general merchandise, including pet food and diapers. Customers can also pick up greeting cards, flowers and typical convenience store fare (including tobacco) at the store, which is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
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